Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; World pitcher Rafael Montero throws a pitch during the first inning of the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Which Non-Roster Invitees Have a Chance to Head North?


The Mets have invited 20 non-roster players to big league camp.  Some have a chance to break camp with the Mets, most don’t.

Here’s the list -

Catchers:  Kevin Plawecki, Taylor Teagarden

Infielders:  Brandon Allen, Eric Campbell, Anthony Seratelli, Daniel Muno

Outfielders:  Dustin Lawley, Brandon Nimmo, Cory Vaughn

Right-handed pitchers:  Chasen Bradford, Joel Carreno, John Church, Jeremy Hefner, Rafael Montero, Miguel Socolovich, Noah Syndergaard, Cory Mazzoni, Logan Verrett

Left-handed pitchers:  Jack Leathersich, Adam Kolarek

Thoughts:

Of the 20 non-roster players who were invited to camp, I’d imagine that three have a legitimate chance to head north with the club – Anthony Seratelli, Joel Carreno, and Rafael Montero.

Seratelli, who turns 31 in February, plays all four infield positions as well as both left field and right field.  He could easily fit on the roster in the jack of all trades role that used to belong to Justin Turner.

Carreno, who the Mets picked up earlier this offseason, is a live-armed reliever who has yet to turn 27.  He’s only gotten a cup of coffee in the bigs, and there’s definitely some upside with him.  I can see him nabbing a spot in the bullpen if one of the on the bubble guys falters.

Montero, who wrapped up his 2013 campaign with a strong showing in Triple-A Las Vegas, should compete for the fifth spot in the rotation.  However, if Jenrry Mejia is healthy and his pitches have bite, the job should be his to lose.

Two other pitchers, Jack Leathersich and Cory Mazzoni, could make impacts sooner rather than later, but likely won’t be with the team from the outset.

Leathersich, a left-handed reliever with a tremendous strikeout rate and reverse platoon splits, needs to work on his control.

Mazzoni, a right-handed starting pitcher, may be shifted to the pen.  If he does move to the bullpen and performs well, he could become an option quickly.

 

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